It's Almost Baseball Season, Babe

February 11 is the voluntary spring training report date for pitchers, catchers, and injured players—but it’s never to early to learn how to throw curves, scoop grounders, and catch flies the Babe Ruth way.

As the great Bambino approached retirement, he contracted with Quaker Oats to give endorsements and promotions. One of them was a series of 22-page booklets, ghost-written instructionals. Inside the back cover is an ad for Quaker Puffed Wheat and Puffed Rice, and the facing page is an illustration of Ruth scooping his breakfast puffs.

 

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